About us

Dar 91 is located in Chbanat – a sleepy, mostly residential quarter of the medina that is dotted with tiny weaving, carpentry and other workshops. Whereas many parts of town have modernised hugely in recent years, Chbanat retains a special and authentic charm.

We discovered Essaouira in 2005 and opened Dar 91 in 2006. The house was built as one of four ‘watchtowers’ in the medina, to keep an eye on raids from the forest, which used to extend up to the medina wall.

Working with local builders, artisans and artists to create the apartments has been a passion project. We have welcomed guests from all over the world, doing our best to share with them our love for this corner of Morocco and its people. We achieve consistently high ratings in online guest reviews.

We operate as a registered Moroccan company, filing accounts annually and paying all taxes, fair wages and national insurance contributions for our staff (depressingly unusual for European-owned guest houses).

We give 5% of our profits to local charities and neighbours who need help.

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Thanks for the memory. We experienced a wonderful holiday in Morocco - amazing country, colourful, spontaneous, modest, but great people. Your house was a quiet harbour in the chaotic and noisy medina. Thank you and we will remember our stay in Dar 91 as something exceptional.